By Amy Lukavics

Canned vegetables make for a fast and simple side dish, perfect for quick fixes and weeknight meals. If you'd rather not use the stove, canned peas heat well in a microwave and take only minutes. Microwaving the peas doesn't limit you on seasonings -- you can still add butter, herbs and spices to give the peas a burst of flavor. While the task is simple, use the right technique so the peas will heat evenly and thoroughly.

can with canned, tinned peas,
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Canned peas only need brief heating in the microwave.

Step 1

Transfer the canned peas into a large, microwavable bowl. If you'd like to add extra flavor, place a slice of butter over the center of the peas, followed by a sprinkling of salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2

Place the bowl of peas in the microwave and set the timer for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Step 3

Stir the peas every 30 seconds so they are cooked evenly and there are no cold spots.

Step 4

Allow the peas to cool for 1 minute before serving.